Monthly Archives: March 2012
Trek 660 Needs New Home
I don’t know how this will go. I bought a 28 year old bike, poured some money into upgrades, and now its for sale. I suppose it might take just the right kind of buyer for me to get the value of the bike, plus most of my upgrade cost, in a sale. But that’s how I’d like to start. Since I’ve added nicer wheels, brakes, bars, brake levers, cables, much nicer tires, and a spendy saddle, I’d like about $850 for it. We’ll split the shipping.
It’s not in perfect condition. It’s got a few scratches that have been touched up, a little rust (also touched up) in a couple of spots, but no major dents or dings. It rides very nicely, however, and it comes with a pretty nice looking Campy Nuevo Record drive train (rear and front derailleurs, crankset, and shifters).
I might keep the pedals and the computer, but everything else shown is included. I suppose if someone is looking for some kind of a bargain, I might need to take some of the newer, more expensive bits off and sell those separately.
This would be a good bike for someone who would enjoy a classic road bike that performs very well to do spirited rides. As shown, it weighs just under 22lbs (according to my bathroom scale). This might be a little more than the modern road bikes you might be able to buy for about $1000 at your local bike shop. But my guess is that this one will perform better. Maybe its just me, but I think the lively feel of old school steel is delightful.
Now I’ve Really Done It
Oh, and one more thing. I really should be under closer supervision.
Where Quickbeams Go
Something to Build On
A longer ride was overdue. I can’t remember my last ride over the 100k milestone. Rides in the 30 – 50 mile range are fairly normal, but I’d like to get past the 100 mile mark at least a couple of times this season. Today’s target was 100k, and it was plenty challenging.
I could have chosen an easier route. Located north and west of my house, it included more climbing than my local roads. Similar to my local routes, however, more than half the miles were on gravel.
My favorite rest stop is probably the Rosston General Store. It is always good to include that in a loop route. I headed almost directly north through Era to Muenster. Then took a sweeping west to south to east route through Rosston and the Ramble route back home.
The first couple of hours into the wind were a bit of work. But when I was able to turn south, I made good time down to Rosston. Tailwinds and sweeping downhills make for delightful riding.
There are some places that are high enough to see far away places. The view above was a little south and west of Muenster, but there were several vistas between that point and Rosston.